Leah and Tom each have a number line. Can you work out where their
counters will land? What are the secret jumps they make with their
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was
Annie's secret number?
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many
different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it
to be balanced?
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use
the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
Investigate this balance which is marked in halves. If you had a
weight on the left-hand 7, where could you hang two weights on the
right to make it balance?
Max and Mandy put their number lines together to make a graph. How
far had each of them moved along and up from 0 to get the counter
to the place marked?
How does the position of the line affect the equation of the line?
What can you say about the equations of parallel lines?
I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of
Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times
would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?
Water freezes at 0°Celsius (32°Fahrenheit) and boils at
100°C (212°Fahrenheit). Is there a temperature at which
Celsius and Fahrenheit readings are the same?
Position the lines so that they are perpendicular to each other.
What can you say about the equations of perpendicular lines?
There is a particular value of x, and a value of y to go with it,
which make all five expressions equal in value, can you find that
x, y pair ?
Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make
their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?
Use algebra to reason why 16 and 32 are impossible to create as the
sum of consecutive numbers.
The equation a^x + b^x = 1 can be solved algebraically in special
cases but in general it can only be solved by numerical methods.
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its
stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Find the equation from which to calculate the resistance of an
infinite network of resistances.
George and Dominic worked really hard on this problem and reasoned
it through very well.
Pupils from Stradbroke Primary School found that there are four
points on the circle which are all the same distance from the
Kkytha provided a couple of diagrams that helped explain why it is
impossible to draw the triangle.
Simon from Elizabeth College found solutions to Two Regular
Polygons by using a spreadsheet, efficiently combined with some
very good reasoning to know when he had all the solutions. We liked
the way Simon put the power of the spreadsheet to work under the
control of some elegant mathematical thinking.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight
How to build your own magic squares.